We’re Married

April 20, 2009

We are definitely married!

Click here to visit our wedding picture album

More to come!

Ralph and Anna

getting things done!

January 19, 2009

Hey everybody!  We got a few things done this week! yeah!

  • Mom ordered shower invites.  The shower is on February 28th!!!  I’m so excited about it!
  • Ralph and I visted Target and Bed Bath & Beyond to register.  Clicking on either of the store names will bring you to our registry if you are interested in seeing all the things we scanned with the cool “gun”.
  • I ordered wedding invitations!!!  We got the proofs today and I sent them back with a change on the response card but otherwise everything looked great.  I’m so excited about them!
  • Dad and I starting figuring out the menu tonight

yay us!  81 days!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 months!!

January 11, 2009

When Ralph proposed to me in August I remember thinking that it would take forever to get to the point when I could say I would be getting married in three months!

Well here we are! 90 days to go, and we couldn’t be happier!

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merry christmas!

December 25, 2008

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20

how we met…

December 18, 2008

So I’ve been told I don’t share enough juicy details on this blog! So for anyone who is curious about our story (it is not juicy at all!)…here is how it all began!

I started school at Montclair State in September 2005, and decided that I should probably get involved in organizations to meet people and make friends and enjoy my college “experience”.  So the first or second night in my dorm my roommate  and I and heard an announcement for the ASSIST coffeehouse that night.  ASSIST is a a charity organiation (Active Students Serving in Society Together) on campus.  My roommate and I decided to go.   I saw Ralph there but I didn’t meet him – I saw him doing Karaoke  and I definitely noticed him but I don’t really remember being attracted to him.  I spent some time talking to this other person who invited me to the weekly meeting of ASSIST, and I decided to go the following Monday.

When I went I saw Ralph again, and found out his name and that he was the president of the organization.  We were sitting in a circle for the meeting and Ralph was wearing a shirt that said “yeah, Christians are hypocrites” on the front and that was all I could see.   I was curious about what the back said and then the person who invited me to ASSIST took me over to Ralph to introduce us and that person said to me “Ralph is really into church and everything” or something like that.  So I was introduced to Ralph and I said something like “what does the back of your shirt say?”  and he turned around and it said “But God’s not done with us yet” and it had a Bible verse from Philippians on it.  So we started talking a little bit and then I left.  I didn’t think much about him until a few nights later.

here is ralph in the shirt he wore the night we met

here is ralph in the shirt he wore the night we met

I got an email like two evenings later from Ralph asking if I had a church to go to.  I replied and said yes.  He replied and asked me for my AIM screenname.  I gave it to him.   We started talking online and he asked me to come hear him play the piano in the student center.  It was like 11:00 at night.   I said no…I was already ready for bed, and I didn’t even know him.  He was very persistent and I eventually decided to go mainly because he wouldn’t take no for an answer.  So I went against my better judgement and thought to myself “now I’ll have to pretend that I like his singing and his piano playing but it’s probably not good”.

this is us in March 2006, 6 months after we started dating

this is us in March 2006, 6 months after we started dating

So  I met him at the student center and he played the piano for me and sang to me and he has an amazing voice.  He played and sang and we talked about our lives and about our faith and that was it.  He didn’t even walk me back to my dorm, but   I really liked him after that night and hoped we would get to see each other again.  He started asking me to hang out and do stuff with him more and more and we were spending more and more time together.  He asked me to be his girlfriend sometime in mid-September and I said I’d think about it.  We officially started dating on September 29, 2005!

here's us on our 1 year dating anniversary

here's us on our 1 year dating anniversary

And that is how we met and started dating!  Not too exciting but it is a very special story to us.   Then on August 16th of this year he asked me to be his wife!! Maybe sometime I’ll put the story here…

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lots still to do

December 14, 2008

4 months to go! We still need to

  • choose a menu
  • meet with the musicians
  • meet with the photographer
  • order/send invitations
  • find a bridesmaids dress
  • get a veil/shoes
  • find a hairdresser
  • book honeymoon flight
  • lots of other stuff

153 days to go!!

November 8, 2008

153 days til our wedding.  Still lots to do

-pick a photographer

-visit florist

-finalize stuff with string quartet

-choose menu

-choose/mail invitations

-finalize bridesmaids dresses

lots more….I’m loving this but I’m glad I only have to do this once in my life (unless I have daughters!).  All the planning and thought will be worth it on April 11th when Ralph kisses me and my dad pronounces us husband and wife!